A native of Austin, TX, Billy Hunter has been Principal Trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 2004. He enjoys a versatile career in the classical music world that includes Orchestral, Chamber, and Solo performances as well as several Educational and outreach initiatives. He is also a former member of the Grammy nominated Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago.
Mr. Hunter has given masterclasses and recitals nationally and internationally with several universities and schools including Curtis, Juilliard School, University of Mary, UT Austin--Denver, James Madison, Memphis and Pittsburgh State universities, Stellenbosch University in South Africa and various venues in Tokyo, Japan. In addition to this he is a frequent coach for the New York Youth Symphony in Manhattan and the National Youth Orchestra. He is currently on faculty at NJCU and the Manhattan School of Music.